The Duke Regional Hospital Auxiliary established the Claudette Meeks Junior Volunteer Award in 2012 in memory of Claudette Meeks, a woman dedicated to improving the lives of those around her. Ms. Meeks reflected a “spirit of giving” through her leadership and interactions with others.
The award, given annually to a junior volunteer who displays the characteristics of Ms. Meeks’, was presented to Shane Jones and Jasia Torain during the Junior Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon held August 6, 2014 at Duke Regional Hospital (DRH).
As Shane and Jasia were outstanding and received enthusiastic nominations from staff, the Auxiliary decided to present both of them with the $500 award. Take a moment to read some praise from their nominators.
“Unit 5-2 has been extremely lucky to have Shane Jones as a volunteer for the past two years. He works exceptionally well not only with our team, but also with patients and visitors. He has a positive and upbeat attitude that resonates throughout the unit,” said Jessica Lumb, RN, Unit 5-2.
Shane played a significant role in enhancing the junior unit navigator program. “With his prior experience as a junior volunteer, Shane has diligently coached and mentored our new volunteers. This has helped to get our volunteer team comfortable and efficient with their responsibilities,” continued Lumb.
“Jasia Torain is a great addition to our Human Resources team. She consistently presents a cheerful, positive and professional image to our staff and clients. She is always smiling, helpful, considerate and respectful,” said the Human Resources Team.
Jasia returned to the department for the fourth and final year before she attends college. “We consider Jasia to be part of the Human Resources family and were delighted to learn she wants to get a degree in Human Resources,” said Wendi S. Austin, Assistant Director of Human Resources at DRH.
Thirty teenagers successfully completed the hospital’s eight-week Junior Volunteer Program, serving in several inpatient care areas and departments throughout the hospital.
“Each summer the hospital offers volunteer opportunities for teens 15-18 years of age,” says Carol Swanson, Manager for Guest and Volunteer Services. “We are grateful for their efforts and especially enjoy the energy they bring to Duke Regional.”